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Champion of Mental Wellness, Co-Founder & CEO Awake Academy By Layne Beachley, Brain & Spinal Cord Injury Survivor


Empowering others, empowers me.


Tess Brouwer is a Champion of Mental Wellness and the Co-Founder & CEO of Awake Academy. She is a corporate athlete having worked with some of the world's biggest brands, celebrities and billionaires.

In 2018 she embarked on a transformative journey. At 32 Tess packed up her life and jet-setted across the globe to take on a dream job in Switzerland. However, her life took an unexpected turn when she sustained a life-changing spinal cord and brain injury.

Enduring seven months of hospitalisation, two major surgeries, and an additional three months in a spinal ward, Tess navigated the challenging path of rediscovering how to use both her body and mind. Throughout this arduous process, she discovered the profound impact of belief—both in herself and in empowering others to believe in their potential.

In collaboration with 7x World Champion Surfer Layne Beachley, Tess co-founded Awake Academy where she co-hosts programs, drawing on her qualifications as a practitioner of positive psychology and wellbeing, personal trainer, yoga, and meditation teacher. Infusing positive psychology and wellbeing, corporate expertise, trauma awareness and the invaluable lessons gained from rebuilding her own life, Tess empowers individuals to undertake the transformative journey of self-discovery and empowers them to be their own self trainer.

Tess is a business owner, entrepreneur, wife, mother and step-mother helping people integrate life, work and balance in today’s world.

Talking Points

Embracing YOU: Become your own self trainer

Thriving through the challenging times: Drawing on Tess's insight into psychology and neuroscience, this topic explores strategies for embracing life, leading with empathy, navigating uncertainty, and leveraging transitions as opportunities for growth and transformation.

Finding Purpose: Aligning Passion with Impact

Inspired by Tess's interest in purpose-driven living, this topic delves into the process of discovering one's purpose, aligning personal values with meaningful work, and creating a sense of fulfillment and contribution in life.

Cultivating Resilience in the Face of Adversity

Building on Tess's understanding of the human mind and behaviour, this topic provides practical techniques for building resilience, bouncing back from setbacks, and turning challenges into opportunities for personal and professional development.

The Power of Mindset

Shifting Limiting Beliefs to Unlimited Potential: Leveraging Tess's knowledge of belief systems and subconscious programming, this topic explores how mindset influences behavior, and offer strategies for overcoming self-doubt, fear, and limiting beliefs to unlock unlimited potential.

Navigating Relationships: Building Supportive Networks for Success:

Given Tess's emphasis on social support, this topic focuses on the importance of cultivating healthy relationships, establishing boundaries, and surrounding oneself with positive influences to fuel personal and professional growth.

Purpose-Driven Leadership

Inspiring Others to Lead with Vision and Integrity: Drawing from Tess's experience as a motivator and influencer, this topic could discuss the qualities of purpose-driven leadership, emphasizing authenticity, empathy, and a commitment to serving others for greater impact and influence.

The Journey to Self-Discovery

Unleashing Your Authentic Potential: Inspired by Tess's journey of self-discovery, this topic could guide audiences on a path of self-exploration, encouraging them to embrace their unique strengths, passions, and values to live authentically and fulfill their highest potential.
Tess you are a true gem in human form. Your openness, vulnerability, and generosity of spirit were truly remarkable. The session was a perfect blend of deep reflection and lightheartedness. I learned valuable lessons and gained practical strategies to improve my life. Thank you for creating a safe and supportive space. Your impact on my personal growth is immeasurable. Coles
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